Four and a Half Questions With Danielle Heck

Name:Danielle Heck
Position/Job Title:PBIS Rewards Onboarding Specialist
Degree(s)/Certification(s):BS in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Indiana
LT Team Member Since:2015
Main Job Responsibility:New school implementation and supporting schools with PBIS Rewards

Danielle Heck

One:  How did your career path bring you to LT?

My uncle, Pat Heck, was working on PBIS Rewards and saw an opportunity for me to help make PBIS better, since I have a background in education and was working as a 4th grade teacher at one of the schools using the system. As a teacher, I was able to bring another point of view to the school-wide PBIS system. I was originally brought on for the summer and was planning on teaching in the fall, but PBIS Rewards has become very successful throughout the last two months, so I might be staying for a while. Is PBIS Rewards successful because I’m working here? Possibly!

Two:  What’s your favorite thing about working at LT?

Everyone always says the people, but it’s true! What amazes me about the people working for LT, isn’t just that they are so willing to help others, it is their talent! I’m now working for a technology company, but I’m not technological at all, so when I see a terrible whiteboard drawing (and there are A LOT of those around here) transform into a nice, clean website or app I am very impressed!

Three:  Tell us about yourself.

I grew up all over the place! Growing up, it was just my mom, two brothers, and sister and we moved a lot. From kindergarten until I graduated high school, I attended about 10-12 different schools. Always being the “new” kid might have made a tiny impact in my outgoing personality. After high school, I went to Indiana University…for three days…and on the fourth day, I moved to Evansville and attended the University of Southern Indiana. I graduated in December of 2013 and have yet to pick up my diploma, because all I really wanted was my teaching license!

Four:  What does life look like away from the office?

When I was teaching, ALL of my free time was spent on making different things for my students and classroom. To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, I didn’t want my students to fall behind during the summer so I spent about eight hours compiling summer packets for them. Since the summer began, I’ve been creating different educational resources for teachers, which I sell on Teachers Pay Teachers. And as any good 24-year-old, I watch quite a bit of Netflix!

Four and a Half:  Are you a morning person or a night owl?

NIGHT OWL. Teaching is the wrong career for me when it comes to this aspect of my life. My students quickly realized this about me and learned to tread lightly until at least 10am. (The fun-loving teacher dressed as Ben Franklin in the picture above is of an awake, much happier Ms. Heck at 1:30pm.)